Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Finding the Best Career For You (Part 2)

On Monday, I outlined a few tips and tricks I had for those looking to make a career jump.  It can be a scary process, but if you're following your passion, I promise that you will ultimately be happy with your decision.

But what happens once you finish your degree and you're ready to put your education to good use?  Graduating and finding a job can be a whole new kind of scary process.  I was very lucky to be hired for my career in education about a week before I graduated college.  Some of that was luck, and some was very hard work.

Here are a few tips I have for finding that perfect job soon after (or even before) you graduate!

1.  Utilize your advisors.  Advisors can be crucial in helping a student find the perfect job.  They often have connections to professionals in the area.  They will also be able to look at the classes you've taken to help you pinpoint your strengths and weaknesses.  I also recommend talking to club and professional group sponsors at your college/university...they typically have these connections to local professionals too!

2.  Network, network, network.  Go to as many professional events as you can find.  Most schools are great about letting you know what networking events are available to you.  Meet the community and professional leaders that will probably hire you...even if they don't have an opening for you, they can typically recommend you to another company/school.  Also attend career days at your school.  These are fabulous ways to meet potential employers!

3.  Make a positive impression in your everyday work.  I ultimately got my job in education because of the recommendation of one of the parents in my student teaching class.  You never know who is watching--I actually didn't even know this person had professional connections until after I got my job. Remember, you are always being watched.  I don't mean this to be intimidating, but you could meet that right connection on any given day.

4.  Highlight your assets.  This is especially true when applying for a job, submitting your resume, or interviewing.  Were you president of your school's education honor society?  Do you have extensive experience in working with a certain age group?  Do you have a personal story of success with a particular kind of student? Tell them!  Potential employers won't know why they should hire you unless you communicate it to them.

To all of you out there looking to make a big career jump...I'm rooting for you!  The process isn't always easy, but it is so worth it.  I don't regret changing my career path one bit!

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